Monday, April 25, 2016

Reno Nevada

Gold Silver Gambling Divorce Ski Resorts and Water Sports
History pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows where the Truckee River flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. These mid-19th century farmers also provided services for travelers on the California Trail. Mining became the foremost local activity with the discovery of gold in nearby Virginia City and especially silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 when Virginia City and the California Trail were connected by a a log toll bridge across the Truckee River. Lake Crossing, a small community that serviced travelers near the bridge, became the site of a depot on the First Transcontinental Railroad where the town of Reno came into being in May, 1868.
Nevada is the World’s Third Largest Gold Producer
Reno named for Civil War Major General Jesse Lee Reno, continued to grow as a business and agricultural center and became the principal settlement on the transcontinental railroad between Sacramento and Salt Lake City. The Reno Arch was erected on Virginia Street in 1926 to promote the Transcontinental Highways Exposition of 1927. 


Legalized Gambling Reno took a leap when the state of Nevada legalized open-gambling and liberal divorce laws in 1931. The war years of the 1940s cemented Reno as the place to play for two decades.
Also, the presence of a main east-west rail line, the interstate highway system, favorable state tax climate, and relatively inexpensive land created good conditions for warehousing and distribution of goods. Reno also is an outdoor recreation destination, due to its close proximity to the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe and 18 ski resorts. Winter activities include snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobiling; international bike competitions are held in Lake Tahoe during the summer.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Truffles Therapy

A Show Cooking Experience in Marche Italy

Gola del Furlo Reserve

Alberto Melagrana and his wife Roberta continue a long tradition of hospitality at the Osteria "Antico Furlo", an ancient hostelry and staging post dating back to 1825 situated along an old Roman highway nestled into "Gola del Furlo Reserve", just before the Via Flaminia reaches a tunnel built by the Romans to reach the Adriatic coast.

A special event for fine dining enthusiasts and lovers of truffle dishes

Nowadays the "Antico Furlo" has become a destination for gourmets who want to experience the gastronomic secrets of the Marche region. 
Lovers of good food will discover a respect for tradition, genuine hospitality and fine cuisine. Alberto travels widely to teach, cook and lecture at food conventions, public events and exhibitions. When it comes to cooking with truffles, Alberto is truly a master of the art.

A Culinary Program for individuals and groups

Day 1 
Afternoon ArrivalMeet your Chef and an introduction to truffles.
Afterwards, a seminar and discussion with Chef Melagrana.

Day 2 Preparation of carpaccio with fresh,truffles,passatelli, tagliatelle and parmigianina. LunchAfternoonTruffle Hunt with a local hunter and his dog. Dinner: a celebration of the truffle with the dishes you helped prepare earlier in the day.               

Day 3 Lesson – “Truffles Theory and Practice”Tasting of local typical products – extra virgin olive oil Dop, the wines of Terracruda Winery, local meats and cheeses - plus a  visit to the nearby medieval town of Fratte Rosa: clay making, artisan shops, Convent and Museum of Santa Vittoria. Program conclusion and distribution of award certificates.

Program Highlights
- 3 days, 2 nights full board.
- 2 cookery lessons with Chef Alberto Melagrana and his staff of professional chefs and sommeliers
- 1 lesson “everything you need to know about truffles”
- Truffle Hunting Event
- 1 typical local food and wine products tasting
- 1 truffle
-tasting dinner, accompanied by selected Italian wines
- All ingredients (including truffles), - Uniforms and Equipment- A Certificate of Participation.

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